Bulgarian Holy Synod: All three runners worthy of Patriarch

19/2/13 Bulgaria's embattled Holy Synod issued an official statement Monday declaring all three bishops, elected to run for becoming the next Patriarch of the country, worthy of the post. The three who were chosen after prolonged debates and stalemates over the weekend are: the Stara Zagora metropolitan Galaktion, Ruse's Neofit, and Lovech's Gavriil. Galaktion was elected Saturday with ...

Bulgarian Church Honors Late Patriarch Maxim

15/12/12 The Bulgarian Christian Orthodox Church honors Saturday 40 days after the passing away of Patriarch Maxim. The solemn mass will be served in the Troyan Monastery, where the latePatriarch was laid to rest, the Holy Synod announced. The liturgy will be led by Varna Metropolitan Kiril, who is acting as SofiaMetropolitan and interim Patriarch. Patriarch Maxim, who led ...

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Prays for Maxim, Bulgaria

  30/11/2012 Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev met Christian Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Istanbul Thursday. "We prayed for the soul of the late Bulgarian Patriarch Maxim. We prayed for the Bulgarian people and Church, and for the swift election of a new patriarch," said Bartholomew after the meeting. "The Bulgarian Orthodox Church is the first spiritual sister of the ConstantinoplePatriarchy and has always been deep in our hearts," added ...

Bulgaria’s New Patriarch To Be Elected Febr 24 2013

27/11/2012 Bulgaria's new patriarch, to succeed the late Patriarch Maxim, will be elected on February 24, 2013, the Holy Synod of the country's Orthodox Church decided at a meeting on Tuesday. A rift among the Bishops shook the Holy Synod after Bulgaria's Patriarch Maxim, who led the Church since 1971, passed away on November 6 at the age of 98. The election of a new Patriarch must be organized not later ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Church to Choose Interim Patriarch

10/11/2012 The Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church is sitting at an extraordinary council Saturday to elect its interim head after the passing of Patriarch Maxim. Maxim, who has led the Church since 1971, died Tuesday, age 98, and was solemnly buried Friday. The Church has to choose a successor within four months, among three candidates previously ...

Bulgarians bid farewell to Patriarch Maxim

10/11/2012 - VESELIN TOSHKOV SOFIA, Bulgaria — Thousands of people participated in a grand funeral service Friday for Patriarch Maxim, who led the Bulgarian Orthodox Church for a record 41 years that witnessed the collapse of communism and an institutional schism. Maxim died at age 98 on Tuesday due to heart failure. His funeral drew religious and political ...

Bulgarian President, PM Mourn Patriarch Maxim

8/11/2012 Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev and PM Boyko Borisov have sent letters of condolences to the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church on the passing of its leader, Patriarch Maxim, Tuesday. "During years marked by storms and temptations, our Patriarch Maxim manifested will and put down great efforts to strenghten the unity of the Church and ...

Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria Enters Eternal Rest

Associated Press 6/11/2012 SOFIA, Bulgaria –  Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria, who weathered a revolt over his communist-era ties to lead the Balkan country's Orthodox Christians for more than 40 years, has died. He was 98. The patriarch died of heart failure early Tuesday at a Sofia hospital where he had been for a month, the Holy Synod said ...

Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria dies at age 98

06/11/12 SOFIA, Bulgaria—Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria, the spiritual leader of the Balkan country's Orthodox Christians who weathered a revolt over his communist-era ties to head the church for more than 40 years, has died. He was 98. The patriarch died of heart failure early Tuesday at a Sofia hospital where he had been for a month, the ...

Bulgaria’s Patriarch Maxim Turns 98

29/10/2012 Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch Maxim turns 98 on Monday, with a Great Liturgy marking his birthday expected to be held in Sofia's St. Alexander Nevski cathedral. The Great Liturgy will also commemorate the centennary of the cathedral's construction. Sunday marked the beginning of a three-day long feast by the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, celebrating the centennary, the 130th anniversary ...

Bulgarian Patriarch Maxim Leaves Hospital

4/10/2012 Bulgarian Christian Orthodox Church Patriarch Maxim has left the Lozenets Hospital, where he was for a second prolonged treatment during 2012. Patriarch Maxim was hospitalized in early August and left the hospital for a short stint at Dormition of Mary (August 15), with doctors requesting him to return promptly. In early September doctors at Lozenets Hospital head ...

Orthodox Christianity as part of contemporary culture

4/4/2012 FOCUS News Agency Sofia. The first lecture on orthodox Christianity as part of contemporary culture was delivered yesterday at the Festa Sofia Hotel by the bishop Joan, vicar of Patriarch Maxim, the 24 Chasa daily informs. The event was organized by the Chairperson of the Board of Directors at Festa Holding and the Supervisory Board of ...

Bulgaria’s Holy Synod: God Is Testing Us

23/1/20122 These days God is testing us, but our Holy Church will overcome this ordeal, Bulgaria's Holy Synod says in a statement. It was included in the greetings of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church for the Saturday celebration of Patriarch Maxim's name day, read by the Plovdiv Bishop Nicholay. The Holy Mass and the liturgy ...

Bulgaria’s Patriarch Maxim to Be Named Honorary Sofia Citizen

22/11/2011 Bulgaria's 97-year-old Patriarch Maxim will be declared an honorary citizen of the country's capital Sofia, it was made clear on Monday. The Patriarch's honorary citizenship has been proposed by Mayor Yordanka Fandakova and Municipal Council chairman Andrey Ivanov, as well as other local officials, and is intended to mark Maxim's 40th anniversary as head of the ...

Bulgarians Celebrate 97th Birthday of Orthodox Church Patriarch Maxim

29/10/2011 A couple of hundred Bulgarians flocked to a solemn mas in the St. Marina cathedral in Plovdiv to mark the 97th anniversary of Patriarch Maxim Saturday. The head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church celebrated his birthday in Plovdiv at the invitation of Plovdiv mitropolitan bishop Nikolay. Before coming to the city, the Patriarch held a solemn service ...

Crowds Queue for a Miracle of St Maximus

Photo Emona Tsoncheva 3/7/2011 Clergymen from different bishoprics attended the ceremony marking the 40th anniversary since the enthronement of Patriarch Maxim, Head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church Thousands of believers gathered to touch or at least see the relics of St Maximus the Confessor. At 6pm the relics arrived from Varna to the Alexander Nevski Cathedral ...

Bulgarian govt tries to support church as much as it can, without interfering, says PM

Veselina YORDANOVA 4/7/2011 Sofia. We are trying to support church as much as we can and without interfering. I think you are satisfied with the past two years when Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria has been in power, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said at a meeting with church heads and church delegations who are visiting Bulgaria ...

Bulgarian Church Marks 40 Years Since Its Patriarch’s Enthronement

3/6/2011 An official solemn mass marking the 40th anniversary of the enthronement of Bulgarian Patriarch Maxim is being held in Sofia's Alexander Nevski cathedral Sunday. The official commemoration of the 96-year-old Patriarch Maxim's enthronement started Saturday, when the relics of the great Christian Orthodox theologian St. Maximus the Confessor traveled from Mount Athos to be laid out ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch Maxim Celebrates 96th Birthday

29/10/2010 His Holiness Patriarch Maxim celebrates his 96th birthday Friday, receiving congratulations from high officials. As usual, the Patriarch spends his birthday in the Troyan Monastery, where he began his spiritual path. "Bowing down before your longevity, I would like to convey my special greetings for your long standing ecclesiastical service and for your efforts in upholding the ...

Romania Honor Head of Bulgarian Church

Guests from Russia, Romania Honor Head of Bulgarian Church 4/7/2010 Guests from the Russian and Romanian Orthodox Church attended on Sunday the Divine Liturgy served at Alexander Nevsky Cathedral on the occasion of the 39th year since the enthronement of Maxim, Patriarch of the Bulgarians and Bishop of Sofia. Maxim, a former Bishop of Lovech, was enthroned as ...